DNR: do not resuscitate. A chilling moment listening to a doctor discuss this with…your mom. By Chuck Duboff

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do-not-resuscitate order, or DNR order, is a medical order written by a doctor. It instructs health care providers not to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if a patient’s breathing stops or if the patient’s heart stops beating. A DNR order is created, or set up, before an emergency occurs.

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It felt like a scene out of movie that I was watching.  A young doctor calmly discussing with an elderly patient about what should occur if the patient’s breathing should stop or if the  heart stops beating.

Yet, this was not a movie.  This was me, standing by my mother’s bedside, while a very calm young doctor explained to my mother what DNR meant.  Do not resuscitate.  I could see my mother’s face change, her colour go white as she was processing the ramifications of what this doctor had just explained.  I stood there silently, hundreds of memories flashing by, as my mother thought about her response.  I knew what she was going to say..that she didn’t want to be on any machines, that she just wanted to let go.  When she uttered the words that I had anticipated, I had a chill go through my body.  I’m standing there watching my 92 year old mother decide that it’s time to let go should anything go wrong.  The doctor asked me what I thought and all I could respond was “whatever mom wants is fine with me.”

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It was a long day sitting by my mom’s bedside, after hearing a discussion like that.  I knew mom was affected by it, so I tried to keep things light, showing her pictures of Laine and Ben.  We talked about the Jets a lot and pretty much talked about all the grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Mom’s blood pressure was high all day, as I’m sure the impact of the discussion with the doctor was on her mind.

Do not resuscitate…you stand beside your mother as she decides that it’s time to let go should anything go wrong.  It’s not a movie, it’s not a TV show…it’s real life.

These past few days my mind has replayed that scene hundreds of times.  It feels surreal, but in fact it is life at its most real.  Here’s hoping that our discussion was a moot point and that mom has many more years to go.

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Grateful for our Canadian Health Care System…something we shouldn’t take for granted; by Chuck Duboff

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Canadians are raised in a country which bestows upon us a health care system which alleviates any financial pressures.  We come to expect that when we go to a doctor or hospital that there won’t be any requests for financial payment.  As Canadians, we take this system for granted, that our so called “free health care” will always be there for us.

Quite obviously, our health care isn’t free.  We pay for it in our taxes…and I for one am a person who has never complained about the taxes I pay.  Unlike our neighbours to the south, I would rather pay higher taxes and know that in the event that I get sick and need medical assistance, I won’t have to be worrying about payments.  Is our system perfect?  Of course not…yes, there are wait times…but, given the alternative, I feel we are very blessed with the system we have.

This past Thursday morning my mother was rushed to the hospital for what we learned later was a major angina attack.  Throughout the day I interacted with nurses aides, nurses, doctors, specialists, technologists…and every single professional was caring and supportive, concerned for my mother’s well being.  She received blood tests, cardio tests, consultations and a full lunch meal.  I joked with her that if we were in the States, the straw she was using for her water would have been itemized in the bill she would have received.  From blood pressure monitors to heart rate and oxygen intake to computers and syringes, there was never any worry about having to pay for any of it….and that is one pressure we didn’t have to deal with all day.

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Is our Canadian Health Care System perfect?  Of course not, but I do know that I have never taken it for granted…and, I believe, all Canadians should be proud of what we do have.  Rather than complaining about the glitches in the system, perhaps we could work together to make it the envy of the whole world.

Oh yeah…after final discussions with two outstanding, caring doctors, I was able to take mom home, where she’s resting and grateful for all the help she received.

 

The Winnipeg Jets: Geoff & Chuck take an in-depth look at where the Jets are today and the final 36 games of the season!!…by Geoff Brookes & Chuck Duboff

The second part of our in-depth look at the Jets today and as they go into the final 36 games of the season.

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The Winnipeg Jets are now a contending team. They are good enough to compete for the Stanley Cup.
However, they are still vulnerable the injuries. Back to back losses to Chicago and Minnesota illustrated how much the Jets missed their three injured forwards.
Also, some matchups seem to present difficulties for the Jets – top echelon teams with strong skating and puck possession.
The Jets are a young team, and generally lack playoff experience.
As Chuck wrote, adding some players well before the trade deadline could give the Jets a confidence boost – that team management is going “all in” for a deep playoff run.
But what players are out there? And what can the Jets do, realistically?
It will likely surprise many Jets fans that the team is almost a cap team right now…. I’ll pause to let that sink in.
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The Winnipeg Jets: Geoff & Chuck take an in-depth look at where the Jets are today and the final 36 games of the season!!…by Geoff Brookes & Chuck Duboff

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The Winnipeg Jets are now a contending team. They are good enough to compete for the Stanley Cup.
However, they are still vulnerable the injuries. Back to back losses to Chicago and Minnesota illustrated how much the Jets missed their three injured forwards.
Also, some matchups seem to present difficulties for the Jets – top echelon teams with strong skating and puck possession.
The Jets are a young team, and generally lack playoff experience.
As Chuck wrote, adding some players well before the trade deadline could give the Jets a confidence boost – that team management is going “all in” for a deep playoff run.
But what players are out there? And what can the Jets do, realistically?
It will likely surprise many Jets fans that the team is almost a cap team right now…. I’ll pause to let that sink in.
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Based on cap geek, with some extra calculations for player bonuses, minus Scheifele’s time on the Injured Reserve, I estimate that the Jets have about $5 million in cap space. However, that can pay for about $12 million in annual salaries right now, or about $24 million at the deadline, because the Jets would only be paying the remaining part of the acquired players’ salaries.
But the real problem is the lack of available “rental” players. Most players re-up with their existing teams well before their contracts are due to expire. The players that are still available at this time of year are generally older players, or have had some kind of issues in the past (Hello Evander).
This problem is compounded by the incredible parity in the NHL. In the league’s two best divisions, there are no teams – zero! – that are out of playoff contention. Nada. Teams in playoff contention don’t generally trade away talent.
So the already short list of players with expiring contracts becomes shorter still. As of now, there are only 5 teams in the Atlantic division and 3 teams in the Pacific division that are clearly out of the playoff pool.
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And then there are the players on that short list who have “no trade/no move” clauses. Generally they can be traded only to a short list of teams that they provided to their team last summer. It’s possible, but maybe unlikely, that such players would accept a trade to the Jets. Would Tavares (no trade clause) accept a trade to the Jets as a rental player? Would the Islanders trade him, while they are still in contention? Not likely.
There are a few talented, young pending UFA’s like Athanasiou, with Detroit. From my reading, the Wings really like him. They signed him to a cheap 1 year deal in October, to keep him on board. My guess is that the Wings will work out their cap hit problems (quick phone call to the Coyotes), and they’ll resign Mr. A.
What about players not on expiring contracts? With player contracts of 2 years or more, you really have to love what you’re getting, from a value perspective. If the contract is more than what you would want to pay for that player, there’s really no point. The Jets will definitely be a cap team next year, or the year after that. Bad contracts don’t work on a cap team!
With all of that said, what’s left?
I have identified the Jets needs as (1) a depth centre, and (2) a back-up (or depth) goalie.
And the survey says:
  1. Tomas Plekanec (Centre, Canadiens)
  2. Antti Raanta (Goalie, Arizona)
Caveat – I have not heard anyone say these names in trade rumour talks. This is purely speculation based on my own research.
Plekanec – strong defensive Centre, good puck possession stats, good face-off guy. Old – 35. Can still play, but on the back 9. Doesn’t fit with likely rebuild in Montreal. Playoff experience. Formerly a good scoring/playmaking centre, with 16 points so far this year.
Quiet, well-respected player, liked by coaches. Likes to play a simple game. Current annual cap hit – $6M, actual current salary is $5M. When Jets are healthy, Would slot in Jets third or fourth lines at centre. Hendricks could be depth at centre or play wing. Likely cost – second round draft pick and/or a medium prospect. Cost reflects reduced value due to Plekanec’s age and rental status.
Raanta – I have no idea whether the Coyotes would trade Raanta, but maybe a team that seems to be rebuilding perpetually would do it for the right price.
Raanta has been a highly regarded “young” goalie, but he is now 28 years old, so it’s time for him to really make his mark in the NHL. It’s not that the former backup to Lundqvist has been bad – he has a .917 career save Percentage, and the same .917 for the Coyotes this year. It’s just that he hasn’t established himself as a leading NHL goalie quite yet. Could use a role with the Jets to show that he is a great NHL goalie, should all-star Hellebuyck falter or tire.
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Would help prevent “Bucky” from being worn out when the playoffs arrive. Cost – probably a third round pick and/or a middle prospect, again taking into account Raanta’s expiring contract. Contract/cap hit – $1M.
A word about Hutchinson- I am not a Hutch “hater”. He’s been spectacular at the AHL level, but he’s been inconsistent with the Jets. If the Jets are going all in, they could use the extra depth in net. If either Bucky or Aunty get injured, Hutch can be the depth goalie.
What these moves would do for the Jets – especially if done well before the deadline:
  • send a message that the Jets are all in for this year. Improve morale.
  • Improve depth at key Centre and goalie positions
  • Enhance the competition for jobs at forward
  • Bolster playoff experience
The Jets’ management have worked hard to get the team to the point of being a contender. It’s time to spend a little of their organizational capital to put them over the top!

 

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  • There are 36 games left in the regular season…Jets have a very favourable schedule with both a ten game homestand in February and a six game home stand in March.
  • But…and this is big…when you look at the divisional standings…it’s great to see the Jets in first place with 59 points.  However…Nashville has 58 with 3 games in hand AND Chicago is in last place with 50 points;  seven teams in the fifty point range…it’s going to be a battle right down to the last home game of the year vs. Chicago.
  • Is it me or were the Jets playing more sound hockey when Poolman and Charoit were the third pairing?  I like both Toby and Buff, but there is something a lot different when those two are on the ice.  We need Buff to play a simple, sound game…you’ve passed the torch to Trouba and Morrissey, let them be the offence coming out of our zone.
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  • Lots of speculation online that the Jets are trying to find a centre to trade for.  Our top three of Scheif, Little and Lowry are solid…but, and all due respect to Hendricks, we won’t go far in the playoffs with him as our fourth centre.  We need a solid second or third line centre to have a chance to damage in the playoffs.
  • Ask yourself…is this the season the Jets have to go for it?  Our window of opportunity, before everybody is asking for and is entitled to, big raises, is small…
  • So, I would suggest, if the team continues to play at a high level, and is near the top of the standings, it is incumbent upon Chevy to make a trade or two to help us make a serious run in the playoffs.
  • Getting both Lowry and Tanev back this weekend will be huge.  Lowry is a force along the boards and has learned his role on the power play very well, not to mention his penalty killing.  Meanwhile, we have missed the energy with Tanev brings to the team…he’s a buzzsaw and we have missed that.
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  • What do we do with our goaltending if, in fact, Mason is suffering from concussion symptoms again?  Do we go with Hutch as the backup or does Chevy try and find a veteran goalie to backup Bucky?
  • Is Jack Roslovic ready for the big show?  I thought he held his own last week and didn’t look out of place.  I’d certainly put him ahead of both Matthias and Dano.
  • What will this city be like if both the Jets and Moose go on long playoff runs?  It will be night after night after night of excitement at Bell MTS Place…just imagine if they both go for a long run into late May…and dare we dream, June?
  • Can Ehlers and Laine continue to light the lamp at the pace they are at right now?  Getting 35-40 goals out of both of them would be great….
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  • I see a more determined than ever Mark Scheifele returning to the lineup and leading this team.
  • Not sure what we do with Wheels…looks great a centre, but if we can get a top line centre, then put Wheels back on the wing…that only makes us a deeper team.
  • These next four games before the All-Star break and before we start our long homestand…Calgary, Vancouver, San Jose and Anaheim…if we get a split, go 2-2, I will be satisfied.  My real biggest concern is the games in hand which Nashville has…they can really pull away, though they are dealing with some serious injuries.
  • I’d love to see Chevy rid himself of the Ultra-Conservative label (TSN) and pull a David Poile…pull off a block buster trade weeks before the trade deadline on February 26.  Poile always seems to make a big trade before the trade market has heated up…and by doing so gets a jump on other teams and gets Nashville deep into the playoffs.
  • Home ice advantage…we gotta pile up the points while we can in order to finish higher in the standings and get home ice for the playoffs!!
  • Is this the year to go for it?  I would say yes…it’s year 7, the draft and develop plan has worked and we are in position to make a serious run; it’s time to be bold Chevy and show the players that you believe a Stanley Cup run is possible!!Chevy

It’s January, it’s winter, it’s cold & dark…So the question is asked: when do pitchers & catchers report for spring training?

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MLB spring training 2018 schedule

Grapefruit League in Florida 

(Pitchers and catchers report | First full-squad workout)

Atlanta Braves: Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Monday, Feb. 19

Baltimore Orioles: Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Monday, Feb. 19

Boston Red Sox: Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Monday, Feb. 19

Detroit Tigers:  Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Sunday, Feb. 18

Houston Astros: Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Monday, Feb. 19

Miami Marlins: Wednesday, Feb. 14 | Monday, Feb. 19

Minnesota Twins: Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Monday, Feb. 19

New York Mets: Monday, Feb. 12 | Monday, Feb. 19

New York Yankees: Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Monday, Feb. 19

Philadelphia Phillies: TBA | TBA

Pittsburgh Pirates: TBA | TBA

St. Louis Cardinals: Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Monday, Feb. 19

Tampa Bay Rays: Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Monday, Feb. 19

Toronto Blue Jays: TBA | TBA

Washington Nationals: Wednesday, Feb. 14 | Wednesday, Feb. 21

Cactus League in Arizona

(Pitchers and catchers report | First full-squad workout)

Arizona Diamondbacks: Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Monday, Feb. 19

Chicago Cubs: TBA | TBA

Chicago White Sox: Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Monday, Feb. 19

Cincinnati Reds: Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Monday, Feb. 19

Cleveland Indians: Wednesday, Feb. 14 | Monday, Feb. 19

Colorado Rockies: TBA | TBA

Kansas City Royals: Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Monday, Feb. 19

Los Angeles Angels: TBA | TBA

Los Angeles Dodgers: Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Monday, Feb. 19

Milwaukee Brewers: Wednesday, Feb. 14 | Monday, Feb. 20

Oakland A’s: TBA | TBA

San Diego Padres: Tuesday, Feb. 14 | Monday, Feb. 19

San Francisco Giants: TBA | TBA

Seattle Mariners: Wednesday, Feb. 14 | Tuesday, Feb. 20

Texas Rangers: Wednesday, Feb. 14 | Tuesday, Feb. 20

Martin Luther King’s brotherhood…Donald Trump’s racist fuelled AmeriKKKA!!!

 

Martin Luther King“Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away… and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation…”

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MEANWHILE…IN TRUMP’S RACIST AMERIKKKA…

 

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Saturday morning random thoughts…by Chuck Duboff

Anytime the Jets lose two in a row there is concern…however, I’d suggest the Jets are exhausted and desperately need this 5 day break; hopefully Lowry and Tanev will be back and we will also be a week closer to Scheifele’s return…I’m sure the players, coaches, whole organization and fans can’t wait for that ten game homestand in February.

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  • Oklahoma workers call Martin Luther King Day, “nigger day”…Donald Trump’s AmeriKKKa:      http://www.okayplayer.com/news/oklahoma-warner-workers-martin-luther-king-day-n-word-day.html
  • Try and imagine Louis Riel Day being referred to as “half breed day!”  How would you react?
  • Good effort by the Jets last night…in that last minute Laine was robbed and Wheeler hit the post.  You’re not going to win every game…boys gotta come back tonight in Minnesota with a full 60 minute effort.
  • January temps in the -40’s…the older I get, the more I hate winter…grrrrr.
  • Winnipeg Goldeyes celebrating their 25 anniversary!!  I remember in 1994 when Sam Katz announced he had acquired a franchise in the Northern League and that we’d be playing out of Winnipeg Stadium…seems like just minutes ago!!

  • The ugly racism spewed by Herr Trump, the attacks on Muslims, Blacks, Jews, Latinos…so reminiscent of 1930’s Germany.  You tell a lie enough times and people will start to…

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Saturday morning random thoughts…by Chuck Duboff

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  • Oklahoma workers call Martin Luther King Day, “nigger day”…Donald Trump’s AmeriKKKa:      http://www.okayplayer.com/news/oklahoma-warner-workers-martin-luther-king-day-n-word-day.html
  • Try and imagine Louis Riel Day being referred to as “half breed day!”  How would you react?
  • Good effort by the Jets last night…in that last minute Laine was robbed and Wheeler hit the post.  You’re not going to win every game…boys gotta come back tonight in Minnesota with a full 60 minute effort.
  • January temps in the -40’s…the older I get, the more I hate winter…grrrrr.
  • Winnipeg Goldeyes celebrating their 25 anniversary!!  I remember in 1994 when Sam Katz announced he had acquired a franchise in the Northern League and that we’d be playing out of Winnipeg Stadium…seems like just minutes ago!!

     

  • The ugly racism spewed by Herr Trump, the attacks on Muslims, Blacks, Jews, Latinos…so reminiscent of 1930’s Germany.  You tell a lie enough times and people will start to believe you.  Far too many believe that couldn’t happen again…”those who don’t learn from the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.”
  • Herr Trump pays off Porn Stars more than $100,000 during the election to keep quiet.
  • Kids ask their parents: “Why does the President say shithole, grab pussies”?
  • The disgusting silence of the Republican Party makes them just as complicit as Donald Trump in this horrible period of time which Americans are experiencing.
  • If Johnny Manziel has his act together and truly wants to play football…he could do great things for the CFL…from ticket sales to jerseys to TV viewers in both Canada and the States.  Hopefully he knows there aren’t going to be any more chances…he should have a sit down with Flutie, Moon, Garcia and so many others who have gone on to great careers in both the CFL and NFLmanziel_johnny1280-1040x572
  • Not that I’m counting…but just 32 more days until the beautiful, hot and sunny beaches of Puerto Vallarta.  If not for our Jets…I’d probably be spending my winters down in the hot climates.
  • A young man who immigrated from Ghana…a firefighter…just a couple of weeks ago…went in to a fire and saved four lives, but sadly, lost his own.  I would suggest this young man from the “shithole” country of Ghana has more class and dignity than that orange haired racist pig does.   Watch this video to understand the emotion of what is going on in the states:
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  • Been listening to Tony Bennett a lot lately…so smooth and classy.  “we should treat everybody as equals…this would be a much happier more peaceful world.”Tony_Bennett_in_2003.jpg
  • Just about time to start counting the days until the baseball season will be upon us.  What I do know is that pitchers and catchers report to training camp, the same day that I leave for Puerto Vallarta…so spring training will be starting in 32 days baseball fans….

This is the reality of the world we are living today; by Chuck Duboff

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This is what is happening…hide your head in the sand if you want…but Blacks, Muslims, Jews are living in danger today…while Nazis are “nice people” according to Herr Trump.

The continued ugly, vile racism, spewed by the President of the United States, only exacerbates the views and behaviour of right wing extremists around the world.

What is happening in the States is exactly what happened in Germany in the 1930’s. Study your history and you will see the parallels between Nazi Germany and today’s USA.

The silence of Republican leaders enables Herr Trump; but not standing up to him and challenging his behaviour, mental state and racist ideology will leave a stain on AmeriKKKa for decades to come…and destroy what’s left of the Republican Party, the Party of Abraham Lincoln

Winnipeg Goldeyes will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary this season…by Chuck Duboff

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The Winnipeg Goldeyes…1994-2018; 25 years of baseball and good times at Winnipeg Stadium and Shaw Park.

I am planning on doing an in-depth blog on the past 25 years; I would ask the following of any Goldeyes fans who are reading this:

  1.  Could you send me your one favourite memory of the past 25 years.
  2. If you have any vintage pictures from this time period, it would be great if you could send them to me.
  3. Besides your one favourite memory, could you write a few words about what the Goldeyes have meant to you and the City of Winnipeg.
  4. You can send your thoughts & pix to:  cduboff@gmail.com or text me at: 204-960-4774
  5. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING BACK FROM ALL GOLDEYES FANS!!

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Jets Flying High…by Geoff Brookes!!

A note to all Jets fans…we’re not going to win every game…don’t start panicking if we lose a game or two…it’s the nature of sports; if we get through January still in great positioning in the standings…we’ve got a ten game homestand coming in February; so, cautionary, we will lose a few games…but, playing the same disciplined hockey will give us a chance to win more than we lose.

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The Winnipeg Jets are having the best season in their NHL history – so far.

I believe that they will continue this amazing run, if they stay moderately healthy. I had predicted 105 points for this season. At game 44, they’re trending towards 110 points.

They had shot out to a tremendous start, but appeared to falter in early December. From December 5 to December 12, their record was 1-3-1. This 5 game stretch was characterized by poor performances on the road against Detroit and Florida, and a stinker at home versus Chicago.

Another cause for concern at that time was that their record against playoff-ranked teams was just 6-6-3 (using today’s NHL’s standings to rank the playoff teams). While their record against non-playoff teams was 17-4-3, with a +21 goal differential, they had a negative goal differential of minus 6 versus the top NHL clubs.

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Jets Flying High…by Geoff Brookes!!

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The Winnipeg Jets are having the best season in their NHL history – so far.

I believe that they will continue this amazing run, if they stay moderately healthy. I had predicted 105 points for this season. At game 44, they’re trending towards 110 points.

They had shot out to a tremendous start, but appeared to falter in early December. From December 5 to December 12, their record was 1-3-1. This 5 game stretch was characterized by poor performances on the road against Detroit and Florida, and a stinker at home versus Chicago.

Another cause for concern at that time was that their record against playoff-ranked teams was just 6-6-3 (using today’s NHL’s standings to rank the playoff teams). While their record against non-playoff teams was 17-4-3, with a +21 goal differential, they had a negative goal differential of minus 6 versus the top NHL clubs.

The combination of the December slump and the struggle to win the “big games” led many Jets fans to wonder if they were “the real thing”.

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The Jets seemed to be tuned into this question.

Their next 3 games were critical matches against tough Central Division opponents – back to back games against the Blues, and their second road game of the season against the Predators. It felt like it could be a turning point in the season.

In St. Louis, the Jets bombarded to the Blues, outshooting them 48-30, with an even-strength Corsi of 57%. But the Jets lost the hard-fought game 2-0, stifled by the Blues’ hot goalie, Carter Hutton. Nevertheless, it was a vastly improved Jets team compared to the previous 5 games.

Could the Jets turn it around on home ice, the next night?

Over the next 2 games, the Jets dominated the Blues and the Predators, winning 4-0 and 6-4. One of the emerging keys for the Jets’ success was the superb play of Adam Lowry, Brandon Tanev, and Andrew Copp. This third line for the Jets controlled the play of the game whenever they were on the ice. Suddenly, the Jets had four lines (with Perreault, Hendricks and Armia on the 4th line) that were skating hard, and playing “keep-away” with the puck.

Earlier in the season the Jets were winning games despite being outshot. Now they were dominating the shots on goal as well. Starting with the loss in St. Louis (the first of a string of well-played games by the Jets), they would accumulate a record of 8-2-2 through last night’s victory over Buffalo.

Equally importantly, their record against playoff teams during this hot streak includes a record of 3-1-1 versus playoff teams, even with the loss to the Blues included. The main difference for the games against the NHL’s best teams is that their goals against average in those 5 games was just 1.80 – compared to a GAA of 3.5 in their previous 15 games against playoff teams.

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And the Jets are winning lately without Scheifele, Tanev and Lowry!

Could it be that the Jets are learning what it takes to beat the elite teams in the NHL? The Jets will need to be able to answer “yes” to that question, if they are to continue their winning ways in the second half of the season. 61% of their games are against playoff teams down the stretch run, compared to just 45% in the first half. And very few of their games are against “bottom feeders” in the second half (e.g. Arizona and Buffalo).

The key is team defense and goaltending. If the Jets can replicate the effort and effectiveness that they displayed against San Jose last Sunday (a 4-1 victory), they’re going to have a lot of success against the top teams. And against the non-playoff teams, the Jets are averaging 4 goals per game – outscoring their opponents like they did against Buffalo last night.

The Jets talent (including great young players like Kyle Connor!) is showing. They can dominate a game like the Oilers of the 1980s. If the Jets can get all of their core players locked up long-term (like Scheifele and Ehlers), it could be a dynasty.

What a great time to be a fan of the Winnipeg Jets!

Winnipeg’s Never Ending Winter…more poetry by Chuck Duboff

I wrote this poem in the winter of 2014…and…as Winnipegers know…nothing changes…the monotony of our winters…mind numbing.

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Winnipeg’s Never Ending Winter

 

 Snow

Mountains and mountains

Glistening

Sparkling

Protruding

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Ice

Smooth

Shining

Brazen and controlling

Black

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Cold

Exhilarating

Fresh

Biting

Breath taking

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Winnipeg Winter

Exciting

Romantic

Monotonous 

Exhausting

Tedious Winnipeg Winter

 

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